noun | \ ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən \ | seg·re·ga·tion
: separation of individuals or groups and especially racial groups — compare desegregation
— de facto segregation
: segregation of racial groups that arises as a result of economic, social, or other factors rather than by operation or enforcement of laws or other official state action
— de jure segregation
: segregation intended or mandated by law or otherwise intentionally arising from state action Note: De jure segregation is illegal.
: separate confinement of prisoners within a penal institution